Volvo Trucks Celebrates the Milestone of the 50,000th Australian Built Truck

Volvo Trucks Australia has just celebrated another major milestone with the delivery of the 50,000th Australian built Volvo Truck.

L-R, Flea Nolan, Daphne Nolan and Darren Nolan of Nolan’s Interstate Transport in front of the milestone Volvo FH16 XXL. Source: Volvo Trucks

In an event held at Volvo Group Australia’s Wacol Qld headquarters, the milestone FH16 XXL was handed over to Nolan’s Interstate Transport by Volvo Trucks Australia Vice President, Tony O’Connell, Volvo Commercial Vehicles Australia Dealer Principle, Greg Sargeant and Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz.

The 50,000 th Volvo that took centre stage at the event features custom paintwork and airbrush murals that reflect both the heritage of Volvo Trucks in Australia and the growth of Nolan’s Transport business, a relationship that spans nearly 5 decades.

Mural Detail. Source: Volvo Trucks

Greg Sargeant used the event to reflect on the value of close customer relationships:

“Transport is such a relational business. Trust, integrity, honesty and transparency are the building blocks of a successful business partnership.”


“And I’d like to think it’s these very qualities that have led to us all being here in this room today to celebrate.” “The Australian transport industry is made up of a tapestry of stories.”


“Stories of hard work, sacrifice, innovation and ingenuity.”


L-R, VCV Australia Key Account Manager, John Grossman, Volvo Trucks Brand Manager, Tracy Griffin, VGA President and CEO, Martin Merrick, Vice President, Volvo Trucks Australia, Tony O’Connell, VCV Australia Sales Director, Martin Lambert, VCV Australia Volvo Trucks Sales Manager, Philippa Stewart. Source: Volvo Trucks

“One of the privileges of working in this business is that I often get to hear these stories, and even see them play out over time as one truck becomes two, then becomes three then four.”


“A humble gravel hardstand gets a demountable office, then a shed. The shed gets a sign, the hardstand gets concrete. Families grow, children grow, another generation comes along. The family name stays on the truck door.”


“Success in transport can be elusive and it doesn’t favor everyone. Hard work needs smart decisions, the courage to stick with those decisions. And occasionally even just a bit of good luck. “


“And in my mind, we are celebrating this milestone with one of those very success stories. One that embodies everything I admire about this industry.”

Volvo Group Australia recently announced a further 25-million-dollar expansion in manufacturing capability as well as an all-new range of Volvo Trucks that will be manufactured at the Wacol Qld plant commencing in 2021.

L-R, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, Volvo Commercial Vehicles Australia Dealer
The principle, Greg Sargeant, Sandie Nolan, Flea Nolan, Daphne Nolan, CFO Nolan’s Interstate Transport, Andrew Tolputt, Vice President Volvo Trucks Australia, Tony O’Connell, Darren Nolan, President and CEO, Volvo Group Australia, Martin Merrick. Source: Volvo Truck'
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